Are you thinking about suicide? Here are 5 suggestions to consider:
- Wait. Decide not to do anything right now to hurt yourself. You do not have to act on your thoughts of suicide. Suicidal behaviour is an attempt to solve what feels like an overwhelming set of problems. When we are struggling to cope, our mind closes down on creativity and our problem-solving skills become much more limited. Your thoughts and feelings CAN change.
- Talk to someone; it could be a friend or family member, or a support service of some kind. There are people who want to listen and who can help you.
- If talking is difficult, there is online support here. Someone who wants to help you is just a click away.
- Try to keep yourself safe for now
- Spend some time thinking about what your reasons for living might be.
Worried about someone else?
- Be alert – Not everyone who thinks about suicide will tell someone, but there may be warning signs.
- Be honest – Tell the person why you’re worried about them, and ask about suicide. Tell them you want to know how they really are, and that it’s OK to talk about suicide.
- Listen – Just listening is one of the most helpful things you can do. Try not to judge or give advice.
- Get them some help – It’s OK if you don’t know how; the ideas on this page can get you started.
- Take care of yourself – You may find it helpful to discuss your feelings with another friend, or a confidential service.
Call an ambulance if you are in danger
Call 999 for an ambulance or the police.
Go to your local A&E if you can
You can also go to, or call your nearest accident and emergency department and tell the staff team that you are thinking about suicide, or with a person who is thinking about suicide.
Use your preferred search engine (e.g. Google, Bing, Yahoo!) and search for “nearest A&E”
NHS 111 Service
Call if you need non-emergency medical help
Call 111 if you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Call 111 Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.
Confidential, anonymous support for men
The Campaign Against Living Miserably offers confidential, anonymous and free support information and signposting to men anywhere in the UK through their helpline.
Prevention of young suicide, for the under 35s
Papyrus is a national confidential helpline for any young people (under 35) at risk of suicide, or anyone worried about a young person at risk of suicide. The helpline is open 10am-10pm Weekdays, 2pm-10pm Weekend, 2pm-5pm Bank Holidays
Send an email Email email@example.com
Text 07786 209697 Send a message (You do not have to give your name or location)
Switchboard LGBT+ Helpline
Support to LGBT+ communities in the UK
Switchboard provides a one-stop listening service for LGBT+ people on the phone, by email and through instant messaging. The service is open 10am-10pm every day. All volunteers are self-identifying LGBT+.
We believe there’s no shame in reaching out for help if you are feeling stressed, depressed or experiencing suicidal crisis in some form. If you’re not sure of who to reach out to in your community, some of the services on these pages could help. People who care are ready to help you right now.
These pages are intended as a self-help tool and are not intended as a substitute for professional services. Please seek help from a crisis service, doctor or mental health service if you are thinking about suicide. These pages contain information about where to find help.